Bowie Town Center (shopping and restaurants) https://bowietowncenter.com/ Tree Lighting Ceremony at the National Harbor-Starting November 14 through January 3, ignite your holiday spirit with the nightly lighting of the 56-foot tree and two million twinkling lights in the National Harbor Waterfront District. The tree light show takes place nightly, every half hour from sundown to 9 p.m. On weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) there will be snowfall over the tree during the light show. https://www.nationalharbor.com/events/holidaytreelightshow2020/ Legacy Wine Trail-Utilizing deep, dark soils and historic farms once dedicated to tobacco, these Southern Maryland wineries are creating a new tradition. Get out in the fields and get hands-on experience with the grapes that make these great wines. Screenshots of some of the events they are hosting this month and next month. https://marylandwine.com/trail-type/legacy-wine-trail/ Six Flags America Holiday In the Park-Join in the wintry fun when the theme park opens its doors for Santa Claus in a setting that's spectacular. Even Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is steering his sleigh in the direction of roasted marshmallows, shows and rides! https://www.sixflags.com/america/events/holiday-in-the-park
This free-to-frequent downtown bazaar will expand its space this year to account for social distancing. Centrally located in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, the beloved market will stretch across two blocks of F Street between 7th and 9th streets this year. Scope out eclectic wares from dozens of pop-up tents with seasonally flavored music performed live in the background. Locally roasted coffee and crafted-before-your-eyes mini-doughnuts inspire a cold-weather appetite, creating a holiday atmosphere you won't find anywhere else in DC. Please make sure to read the market's safety information before your visit. There will be one entrance at 8th and F streets and guests will walk one-way through the market.
Holiday Market at Victura Park at The REACH - Nov. 27 - Dec. 20
Beginning Black Friday, Victura Park at The REACH will transform into an outdoor holiday market featuring local artisans, craftspersons and an array of specialized vendors. Masks will be required, hand sanitizer will be available and space heaters will be placed throughout the park. A menu featuring light snacks, grilled items, beer, wine, spiked cider and hot chocolate will be available. Enjoy some holiday spirit at this family-friendly destination that will not charge admission.
Fridays: 4-8 p.m. | Saturdays & Sundays: 12-8 p.m. | Free admission Victura Park at The REACH, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
‘Crystalline: A Submerge by ARTECHOUSE Experience' - Open through Jan. 3, 2021
ARTECHOUSE closes out 2020 by focusing on Pantone's Color of the Year: Classic Blue. This exhibit dives into blue's connection with earth, crystals and adventure through a wondrous castle. Expect a merging of the surreal and reality as you wander through the castle's rooms, which will be filled with creative curiosities. Make sure to review ARTECHOUSE's COVID-19 procedures before purchasing your ticket to this immersive experience. Consumers can use the code "BLUEDC" for a 10% discount and 40% of proceeds will go to the American Experience Foundation, which enriches the lives of students through inspirational travel experiences and educational opportunities.
The legendary Ford's Theatre has officially reopened! During the first level of reopening, the museum is welcoming visitors from Wednesday through Sunday and will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. Only the museum and theatre are open currently; the Petersen House and Aftermath Exhibits remain closed. Future ticket releases will be on Fridays at 10 a.m. for the following Wednesday-Sunday. For more information and tickets, visit the Ford's Theatre website.
Wednesday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 2-4 p.m. | More info & tickets
Reserve a Winter Igloo at the Next Whisky Bar
Located inside the Watergate Hotel, the Next Whisky Bar represents the top of luxury, especially during the winter season. You can reserve a heated igloo on the restaurant's patio throughout the fall and winter, making for a cozy, intimate and safe environment for a night on the town. Each igloo can accommodate up to eight guests and 90-minute seatings are available from Monday through Sunday beginning at 4:30 p.m. Order up a wintry cocktail, kick back and relax with friends after what's been a crazy wear. A reminder to please wear a face covering when not eating or drinking.
Seatings begin at 4:30 p.m., Monday - Sunday | Reserve
Visit reopened galleries at the National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art has reopened the galleries east of the Rotunda on the West Building's main floor. These spaces include 18th- and 19th-century French paintings and sculpture in addition to notable works from British and American artists and the temporary exhibition, True to Nature: Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780-1870, which will close on Nov. 15. Note that on Nov. 16, additional Main Floor galleries west of the Rotunda will reopen. Timed passes are required for entry to the museum. Please make sure to follow all of the museum's safety guidelines, including wearing a mask.
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily | Free timed passes
Visit the reopened United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will reopen to the public this Monday. Timed passes will be required for entry and the museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day of the week except Wednesday. Face coverings are required and the museum will enforce social distancing guidelines. Visit the museum's website for more information and to re-familiarize yourself with the facility's in-depth exhibitions.